By: Madison Pardi
Hi, my name is Madison and I am 14 years old and a freshman in high school. I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus when I was 10 weeks old. I have had 5 surgeries and my last shunt revision was 11 years ago.
When I was a baby I crawled and walked later than everyone else my age and had physical and occupational therapy, but now I row on the weekends, I like to swim and I do hip hop dancing. I have been horseback riding for many years and now I also volunteer at a horseback riding stable for people with different disabilities.
I have some of the learning differences that many people with hydrocephalus experience. Math is more difficult for me and planning an essay is challenging. However, I am in a wonderful mainstream academy at my high school, and with a period of academic workshop to support me I am doing well. I love drama, art and, English and I am passionate about reading!
Everyone has something different they are dealing with and hydrocephalus is what I deal with. I know many kids at my high school who have their own challenges. I don’t tell everyone I run into that I have hydrocephalus, but I always share it with my closer friends and when it comes up I am comfortable talking about it.